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Topics in the News:
New teacher diaries | February 14, 2013 >>
Everyone’s talking about the breakdown in the teacher evaluation talks between the mayor and the union as if it were the only chance to fix public education in New York City. Do we need an evaluation system? Absolutely. Is it a cure-all for our educational ills? Absolutely not.
What I do | February 14, 2013 >>
Since 1982, Edelstein has been a preschool teacher for special needs children at the private, nonprofit Block Institute in Brooklyn.
Testimony | February 8, 2013 >>
UFT Vice President for Special Education Carmen Alvarez testified before the New York City Council Committees on Education and Finance.
Q & A on the issues | January 31, 2013 >>
The UFT on Jan. 3 prevailed in its grievance charging that the Department of Education’s implementation of the Special Education Student Information System required members to work beyond their regular workday. Read this Q&A to find out what that means for you.
News stories | January 31, 2013 >>
The city’s protracted yellow school bus strike has left both parents and teachers increasingly frustrated with Mayor Bloomberg for his failure to negotiate with the union that represents the approximately 9,000 striking drivers and matrons.
What I do | January 17, 2013 >>
Working in the city’s public schools as a speech therapist for 29 years, Robinson has spent the last eight at PS 92 in Harlem.
Vperspective | January 17, 2013 >>
The SESIS arbitration decision and award is a great victory and a much-needed boost in a very difficult year. But while the union took the grievance to arbitration, it was you, the members, who made it a success.
News stories | January 17, 2013 >>
The UFT on Jan. 3 prevailed in its grievance charging that the Department of Education’s implementation of the Special Education Student Information System required members to work beyond their regular workday. The independent arbitrator ordered that UFT members be paid for all the time that they were logged into SESIS outside the regular workday — using the system’s own tracking of their time.
Teacher to teacher | December 6, 2012 >>
With the special education reform in full swing, many of us teachers — especially general education teachers — will find ourselves teaching students with disabilities and possibly collaborating with special education teachers.
National education and labor news | November 1, 2012 >>
The U.S. Department of Education withheld $36 million in special education funds from South Carolina in October, carrying out a penalty imposed on the state for cutting its own spending on special-needs students.
Around the UFT | November 1, 2012 >>
Voicing their questions and concerns, and eager for updates regarding union activities on the education and political fronts, members of the UFT’s chapters for social workers and psychologists, for guidance counselors and for speech improvement teachers met with UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Oct. 22.
News stories | November 1, 2012 >>
Students with disabilities in schools that piloted the Department of Education’s new special education reform actually showed less improvement in performance over the last two years than their peers in other schools, a UFT analysis has found.
News stories | October 18, 2012 >>
With the Department of Education’s implementation of citywide special education reform directing more special-needs students to their neighborhood schools, the UFT, in conjunction with the UFT Teacher Center, on Oct. 4 and 5 sponsored the first in a series of professional development workshops aimed at helping educators meet the academic, behavioral and social needs of the students they might encounter.
Vperspective | September 27, 2012 >>
As the Department of Education implements its special education reform citywide this year, educators who work with students with disabilities will be under tremendous pressure from principals to move children into less restrictive environments regardless of their readiness and regardless of whether the school has the programs and supports to help these kids succeed in their new settings.
Around the UFT | June 28, 2012 >>
It was a bright, sunny day on June 3, but Team Wagner, from Staten Island’s Susan Wagner HS, made it “rain” with a tremendous $11,427 donation to Autism Speaks at the group’s annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraiser.
Know your rights | June 28, 2012 >>
A student with a disability engages in behavior that warrants a superintendent’s suspension under the discipline code. You write up the infraction and send the student to the office. The student is back in class the next day. You ask why. You are told, “You can’t suspend special education students.” Does this sound familiar? In fact, long-term removals are sometimes permissible for students with disabilities — but it’s important to know the rules.
News stories | June 28, 2012 >>
At a June 12 City Council hearing, the UFT called on the Department of Education to delay its overhaul of special education services for a year, saying that training for school staff and further analysis of the results of the pilot program needed to be done before proceeding.
News stories | June 14, 2012 >>
The Department of Education’s special education overhaul has spawned fears among educators who work with children with disabilities that its focus on moving as many students as possible into general education settings will result in many children not receiving the services and support they need to thrive.